Quotes about life

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„God gave His children memory
That in life's garden there might be
June roses in December.“

—  Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy British saint 1883 - 1929

Source: from Roses in December, in Songs of Faith and Doubt (1922) https://www.poetrynook.com/poem/roses-december

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„During my whole political life, I have loved and revered as a teacher and leader.“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865

Source: Letter to Daniel Ullmann (1 February 1861); quoted in "Why Abraham Lincoln Was a Whig" by Daniel Walker Howe, The Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, Volume 16, Issue 1 (Winter 1995) http://quod.lib.umich.edu/j/jala/2629860.0016.105?view=text;rgn=main; also in We Have the War Upon Us: The Onset of the Civil War, November 1860-April 1861 (2013) by William J. Cooper, p. 72 http://books.google.com/books?id=meYLTCRlHaQC&pg=PA72&lpg=PA72&dq=Lincoln+%22I+have+loved+and+revered%22&source=bl&ots=A-QLTNlkSN&sig=F0MdGo6rkAVKc3tIQSs0Xp4AdSY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=fmpQUv22LpCi4APhj4HoDQ&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=Lincoln%20%22I%20have%20loved%20and%20revered%22&f=false

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„Freedom? The word tastes bitter. What’s freedom ever done for me? Seems to me I’ve been free almost all my life, but what has it gotten me? Really?“

—  Charles Stross, Saturn's Children

Source: Saturn's Children (2008), Chapter 15, “”Revising My Opinions” (pp. 253-254)
Context: She’s silent for only a moment. “Ask not what it’s gotten you, kid. Ask what it’s saved you from.”

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„So I kept pulling my punches. And later I realised that was a mistake. Life doesn’t spare the kind of people who I write about, so I felt like it would be dishonest to spare my characters in that way.“

—  Jesmyn Ward American writer 1977

Source: On how she “protected” her characters in her first novel Where the Line Bleeds in “Jesmyn Ward: ‘Black girls are silenced, misunderstood and underestimated'” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/may/11/jesmyn-ward-home-mississippi-living-with-addiction-poverty-racism in The Guardian (2018 May 11)

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„I have spent most of my life preferring books to people. Just because I like a few specific people doesn’t change anything.“

—  Genevieve Cogman novelist and game designer 1972

Source: The Burning Page (2016), Chapter 24 (p. 322)
Context: “I have spent most of my life preferring books to people,” Irene said sharply. “Just because I like a few specific people doesn’t change anything.”

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„Then, what is Life?“

—  Percy Bysshe Shelley English Romantic poet 1792 - 1822

The Triumph of Life (1822)

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„We are spending 6 per cent more than we are earning... You can also bankrupt a nation by excessive wage demands... That is why I said that it is better to have a lower standard of life for all workers than for some of them to be unemployed.“

—  Denis Healey British Labour Party politician and Life peer 1917 - 2015

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Source: Remarks to the Liaison Committee with the Trades Union Congress at Congress House (20 January 1975), quoted in Barbara Castle, The Castle Diaries, 1974–76 (1980), pp. 284-285

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„With carefully nourished resentment, a man can go through his life blaming someone or something else for his failures. This enables him to be a failure and to feel morally superior to the world at the same time.“

—  Theodore Dalrymple English doctor and writer 1949

Source: "Private Clubs and the Sour Pleasures of Resentment" https://www.theepochtimes.com/private-clubs-and-the-sour-pleasures-of-resentment_3956322.html, The Epoch Times (August 19, 2021).

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„You can take my freedom, even my life, but not my thought, not my truth, not my contribution to the history of the people to which I belong.“

—  Franjo Tuđman Croatian politician, soldier and president 1922 - 1999

Source: "Excerpts from his diary, written while in prison" https://www.tudjman.hr/promisljanja/ (14 August 1984)

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„Ten years is a long time to be a part of anything and to have a group of people in your life for any reason, let alone one that really was a part of my most formative years.“

—  Vincent Martella American actor 1992

Source: Batman: Death in the Family's Vincent Martella Talks Reprising Jason Todd Role https://www.cbr.com/batman-death-in-the-family-jason-todd-interview/ (October 9, 2020)

„Bishops and priests should bring the spiritual dimension to political and social life. The poor will be exploited and used as a pretext for partisan or other agendas.“

—  Orlando Antonini Italian priest 1944

Source: Outgoing Nuncio to Paraguay says Lugo harmed the Church by entering politics https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/17102/outgoing-nuncio-to-paraguay-says-lugo-harmed-the-church-by-entering-politics (14 September 2009)

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